The PAC financially assists candidates and legislators who actively support CPA business issues — people we need in office to support the CPA profession. Every contribution is vital to create maximum impact and give a clear, pro-business message to legislators — shaping our own tomorrow.
The PAC uses the below criteria to determine who to support.
- Virginia candidates only — local candidates if he or she is a CPA. Since 2004, the PAC will give a contribution to any fellow VSCPA member who runs on a state or local ballot. Running for office? Contact VSCPA VP, Advocacy Emily Walker.
- Members of key committees in the Virginia General Assembly.
- Legislators who receive high business-interest ratings from the Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Educational (VA FREE).
- VSCPA member recommendations.
- Legislative counsel recommendations.
- Legislators who support CPA issues and attend VSCPA functions.
How is the PAC related to the VSCPA?
VSCPA PAC contributions help CPAs gain access to key legislators to keep them informed of important issues affecting the CPA profession. PAC contributions, in concert with strong advocacy efforts from the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA), help ensure our voice is heard at the Virginia Capitol.
Together, we have:
- Prevented legislation that would have created a Sarbanes-Oxley cascade effect in Virginia.
- Successfully advocated for an independent Virginia Board of Accountancy.
- Supported legislation which simplified the accountancy code to allow for ongoing changes to accounting standards.
- Helped prevent a sales tax on professional services.
- Helped advance tort reform in Virginia, making it a business-oriented economy.
- Helped modify Department of Housing and Community Development requirements to protect CPAs from instructions that would have violated the Code of Conduct.
We are currently:
- Continuously advocating for tax conformity in Virginia.
- Supporting state legislation and similar efforts to require increased financial literacy education in Virginia.
- Monitoring all legislation that could possibly affect the CPA profession.
Contact the PAC
VSCPA VP, Advocacy